Biography

Ms. Miriam Alí-de-Unzaga

Introduction

Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga is originally from Spain and holds an Honours degree in Management with majors in marketing and management, undertaken in conjunction with four European business schools. She completed the Institute of Ismaili Studies‘ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities from 1997-2000. In 2001 she obtained an M.Phil. in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, with distinction. Currently, she is a D.Phil. candidate in the same department at the University of Oxford. Her D.Phil. thesis focuses on Moroccan weavings and the complex social, cultural and economic systems in which they are produced and valued by a plurality of social actors. She has conducted a total of 18 months of fieldwork in Morocco and is currently studying several collections of Moroccan weavings from private collectors, museums and art galleries in Europe. She has presented papers at conferences in Marrakech, Meknes, Oxford and Washington and has been awarded scholarships from the Barakat Trust, St Antony‘s College (Oxford), and the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan, Madrid.